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Trump administration proposes new restriction on student visas

The Trump administration plans to make a major change to student visas, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Instead of student visas being valid for “duration of status”—that is, for as long as the holders are full-time students and meet other requirements—there would be a fixed “maximum period. […]

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The revolution needs better sound design: The fight for immigration reform at the border

The daily summer temperature in the Chihuahuan Desert, the land that stretches from the middle of New Mexico and southeast through Texas and Mexico toward the Gulf, frequently surges above 100 degrees. The desert itself receives about 9 inches of rain a year, and very little of that during the summer months. Mix in devastating dust storms that often darken the sky and choke people to death in 70-plus mile-per-hour winds, and you have one of the most inhospitable places in the country. […]

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Hundreds march in Iowa City for the Families Belong Together rally

The heat index hovered near 100 degrees, and the most direct routes were blocked by the Iowa City Jazz Festival and the Iowa City Farmers Market, but that didn’t stop an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds from marching to College Green Park from the terrace of the Old State Capitol on Saturday morning for Iowa City’s Families Belong Together rally. […]

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Organizing communities to handle ICE and Trump administration immigration policy

While the national media focuses on immigration enforcement at the southern border as children are taken away from their parents, there’s an ongoing effort in Iowa to help immigrants deal with how Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are enforcing Trump administration policies. […]

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Vigil in Cedar Rapids on Monday evening to support families affected by the Mt. Pleasant ICE raid

There will be a vigil in Cedar Rapids in support of the families of the 32 workers who were arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday. The vigil, which starts at 5 p.m., will be held in front of Sen. Chuck Grassley’s regional office 111 7th Ave SE. […]

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Cedar Rapids ICE agents arrest woman and hold her without bail even though she has papers to be in the U.S.

Asucena Natareno Ramirez has been held without bail in an Iowa jail since Oct. 3, and her attorney still can’t get a satisfactory explanation for why she was arrested. Natareno Ramirez, a native of Guatemala who has been living with relatives in Mount Pleasant while her application for asylum is under consideration, was at the Cedar Rapids office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for a routine check-in when ICE agents arrested her. Her attorney Dan Vondra was informed by phone that the agents had an administrative arrest warrant that alleged she is present in the country “in violation of the law.” […]

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